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Financial Management (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

The MSc in Financial Management is a comprehensive and rigorous treatment of key areas in accounting and corporate finance.

Financial Management is one of the key disciplines necessary for the successful management of business corporations and other organisations. Studying the theories underlying Financial Management practices allows students to understand and explain the financial behaviours of organisations.

The MSc in Financial Management is a comprehensive study of key areas in accounting and corporate finance. It is designed for graduates interested in a career in the finance function of a company, in business analysis or in management consultancy practice. The MSc takes a broad internal management perspective rather than a narrow external or financial market based perspective.

Graduates of Financial Management can work in two main areas of an organisation. Within Accounting, financial management sits in management accounting - the internal facing function - which services the information needs of the organisation’s management. Another option is a role in the Corporate Finance function which is concerned with managing the finances of the organisation - in treasury management, resource allocation, capital structuring and financial risk management.

The programme is structured so that students specialise through courses with choices including advanced corporate finance, advanced finance theory, behavioural finance and market anomalies, derivatives, investment management, public sector financial management.

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

Students who undertake this programme will be able to:

Apply theories of accounting and corporate finance
Apply treasury management and corporate finance techniques
Critically evaluate the financial controls of an organisation
Understand, apply and critically evaluate financial accounting techniques
Understand, apply and critically evaluate management accounting techniques
Demonstrate time management
Work effectively as part of a team

Visit the Financial Management (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification. An undergraduate degree in finance, accounting, business studies or economics is normally required. Applicants with an Honours degree in a non-related subject will also be considered, but will need to demonstrate a high standard of ability and motivation for the programme.

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